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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Investors Still Unhappy with Yahoo Affairs, Microsoft's Value Falls

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Investors Still Unhappy with Yahoo Affairs, Microsoft's Value Falls
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 21 May 2008 15:14:17 +0100
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Microsoft Holders Moody After Yahoo! Reprise

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| Microsoft investors have taken a dim view of the company's proposal for an 
| alliance with embattled Yahoo!. 


Market cap fell $30 billion since the bid. Microsoft falls behind.

Petrobras beats Microsoft in market value

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| Brazil's state-owned oil and gas company Petrobras has become the third "most 
| valuable" company of the Americas, ahead of Microsoft, consulting firm 
| Economatica said Monday.  


What will Microsoft do next?

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| Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) shares are down 8% in the last month thanks to 
| not impressing Wall Street last earnings call and the Yahoo (YHOO) drama. 


Microsoft not bidding to buy Yahoo: CEO Ballmer

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| Microsoft Corp is not looking to bid to buy all of Yahoo Inc but is in talks 
| about other types of deals with the U.S. No. 2 search engine, Microsoft CEO 
| Steve Ballmer said on Wednesday.  



Is Microsoft Aura Fading? 

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| Yesterday's early relief rally reversed, and Microsoft's value has now fallen 
| by more than $30 billion since it unveiled its bid for Yahoo on February 1. 
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Microsoft stock drops amid slumping sales 

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| Microsoft Corp., whose Windows software dominates the personal-computer 
| market, fell 6.2 percent Fridayin Nasdaq trading after sales slumped, casting 
| doubt on whether PC demand can hold up in a slowing economy. The software 
| maker reported a 24 percent drop in sales of Windows last quarter and 
| forecast earnings that may miss analysts' estimates.     
| [...]
| "The risk is that Linux gets a foothold and then affects their long-term 
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| revenue significantly." 


Data: Cash balances at large tech companies

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| PictureMicrosoft has reduced its legendary cash balance by tens of billions
| of dollars in recent years through a series of buybacks, dividends and
| acquisitions. The importance of cash was evident in the Microsoft-Yahoo saga:
| Had the Redmond company succeeded in the proposed $44.6 billion acquisition,
| it would have needed to borrow money for the first time in its history to
| fund the deal.


Does Microsoft Need Yahoo Before Its Windows Shatter?

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| And what happens if Windows becomes moot? Microsoft loses the foundation of
| its success–your desktop. If we agree that Google is building its empire
| around your web browser, it’s fair to say that Microsoft has built its empire
| around your operating system. If Microsoft Windows takes a huge hit, the
| company loses that solid foundation. But, if Microsoft can acquire Yahoo, it
| will find itself with a back-up platform–your web browser.    

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